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Winter Vacation Tips

Traveling any time of the year can be a treacherous feet. When you prepare to get on your way to your winter destination or are planning a vacation to escape the cold months, here are some tips that may be useful!

Tips for driving: A 4-wheel drive vehicle is best in order to avoid getting stuck in the snow or sliding around on ice. Carry extra items in your car in the case that you are stuck due to winter weather or if you have to wait for assistance. It would be smart to pack a bag filled with supplies for safety and reassurance.

When planning your next vacation to the Smokies, remember that weather conditions can always change on a whim. The weather can vary a great deal between the months of October to December. During these winter months, it may be icy, snowing, or below freezing. Make a plan to figure out what you would like to do while you are in Gatlinburg. Get together with others who are traveling with you and plan out your days – this will make winter travel much easier!

  • If you are interested in discounts on attractions in the Smokies, check online! You’ll find many discounts geared towards couples, families, and even large groups.

  • Knowing the path to your cabin is always a great idea. Be sure to ask if your Gatlinburg cabin has a gravel, paved, or steep driveway. This can be very important during icy weather. The possibility of needing 4-wheel drive or tire chains is very high in the winter months. The areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge usually get snow and/or ice in the winter months, so you’ll want to be prepared. This will make arrivals much less stressful.

  • If you are flying into the Smokies, you will most likely need a rental car. Knoxville has a healthy concentration of rental car options, and the closest airport to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville is also located here.

  • At Cabins For You, we have a wide variety of rentals that are perfect for a winter getaway. Decide what you want – amenities, location, and size – and then browse our more than 200 cabins online.

  • If you want to come to the Smokies on a quieter weekend with fewer people, check the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge calendars and avoid weekends with big events. These will attract droves of people and will add to the traffic.

  • Do you love to ski? The lovely city of Gatlinburg offers a wonderland of snow for all! Ober Gatlinburg has some great slopes for kids and adults to enjoy, but call ahead to make sure the slopes are ready! Their staff will clarify details on what they are currently offering as far as apparel, ski lessons to first time skiers, and special events.

  • Check the current weather patterns and pack accordingly. Checking the weather in advance will give you a pretty good idea of how many jackets, sweaters, or scarves to pack while you are on your Gatlinburg vacation.

  • When you call to reserve your Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin, ask your reservationist what your cabin is furnished with. Our cabins come fully equipped with linens, a starter supply of toilet paper and soap, and kitchen ware. Some cabins with fireplaces or grills do not offer charcoal or firewood, so you’ll want to know what you need before you arrive. This will keep you from having to make extra trips in inclement weather.

Planning a vacation can be time consuming and tedious. When you wait too long to plan the important details, some things may be forgotten. Planning ahead can make the process easier and less stressful. You can reply on the Cabins For You staff to answer any question you may have! Just give us a call at 1.800.684.7865!